Nurse residency programs are designed to support graduate nurses as they assume the professional role. Evaluation of these programs has been inconsistent. The purpose of this descriptive research study was to evaluate a year-long nurse residency program using a nonexperimental, repeated measures design with qualitative questions. Results showed statistically significant differences in new nurse confidence, skills, and abilities at 12 months. Nursing turnover was one third of the national average. The metatheme that emerged from the data was “I see that I am not the only one.”
The authors report statistically significant differences in new nurse confidence, skills, and abilities as well as reduced turnover as a result of a nurse residency program.
Kristi Olson-Sitki, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is Nursing Systems Development Facilitator, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.
M. Cecilia Wendler, PhD, RN, CCRN, is Director, Nursing Research and Academic Partnerships, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.
Gordon Forbes, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Kristi Olson-Sitki, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. 1st Street, Springfield, IL 62781 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).